'Mine plan will not spoil views'
FAMILIES living close to a proposed opencast mine will not have their views spoilt by the work, it has been claimed.
UK Coal wants to extract up to 450,000 tonnes of coal from a site at Bignall End.
The plans have attracted criticism from local residents, who fear the mine will be an eyesore for two-and-a-half years.
But surface mines manager Dave Bolton insisted the visual impact would be minimal, as topsoil would be piled around the boundary and allowed to green over.
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He said: "All people will be able to see from outside will be a grassy mound."
Mr Bolton also insisted that once the coal extraction had been completed, the site would be restored to its original greenfield state.
He added: "It will actually be an improvement because we will be restoring hedges to the site."